Uist and Barra Hospital

Western Isles

Freestanding Birth Centre

Community Maternity Unit

Contact & visitor information

Freestanding birth centres are not on the same site as a hospital, so your care is led by midwives. If you need the assistance of a doctor you’ll be transferred to a labour ward at a hospital.

a very small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
Find out more about pain relief during labour

Having a baby here

During labour and birth

  • If you arrive in the early stages of labour
    • You'll be seen by a midwife who will check the progress of your labour
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 1 Birthing room(s)
    • 0 Birth pool(s)
    • Birth partners
      • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
      • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 1

    Birth facilities

    • Aromatherapy service
    • Bean bags
    • Birth balls
    • Birth mats
    • Birthing couch
    • Dimmable lighting
    • iPod dock
    • Reclining chair
    • Supporting rope or sling
    • TENS machine
    • Hypnobirthing
    • Birthing stools
    • TV
    • Rocking chair

    After you've given birth

    • Private postnatal rooms
      • Amenity rooms are not available.
    • Provision for partners staying overnight
      • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
      • Partners are encouraged to stay in specific circumstances
    • Your stay after you've given birth
      • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
      • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4-6 hours after the birth
      • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can't come back to the birth centre postnatally
    • Contact & visitor information

    How many midwives will I meet?

    The maximum number of different midwives you're likely to see for antenatal appointments is 3 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

    You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

    There are only 2 full time staff available in Uist.

    Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

    Who can give birth here?

    • Eligibility
      • Baby must be head down
      • You can discuss having your baby here, even if you don't fit the following criteria.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between no lower limit and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 35 years old
      • Between 37 and 41 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Uist

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: Your situation will be assessed on an individual basis and the area adapted to accommodate your needs with help from a physiotherapist and occupational therapist
      • Hearing problems: Individual assessment. Also hearing loop, use NHS Scotland cards.
      • Sight problems: Your situation will be assessed on an individual basis. The area will be adapted to accommodate your needs with help from an occupational therapist and family members
      • Learning disabilities: Your situation will be assessed on an individual basis and other agencies can be involved with your agreement
      • Autism spectrum: Your situation will be assessed on an individual basis and other agencies can be involved with your agreement
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreting services provided by LanguageLine.
      • Individual assessment

    General information

    • Tours
      • Tours are arranged at parenting classes
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machines
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Contact the midwives directly on 01870 603664
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 5 weeks of pregnancy
      • If in labour call: 01870 603664
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Main car park at hospital patient area
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Free parking.
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